Annual toy drive to benefit Salvation Army begins Monday

URBANA — The annual toy drive for the Salvation Army of Champaign County will begin Monday.

The toy drive, a joint project of Carle and WDWS/WHMS/WKIO Radio, will run through Dec. 15.

Donors are asked to drop off new, unwrapped gifts for kids of all ages to help stock the Salvation Army's toy shop, which provides holiday gifts for children in needy families.

Macy's strong heading into holiday season

CINCINNATI (AP) — Macy's is heading into the crucial holiday season firing on all cylinders, logging its fourth consecutive quarter of sales growth at existing locations and getting strong reactions from customers both online and in its stores.

The company also upped its annual earnings expectations, sending shares up more than 3 percent before the opening bell Wednesday.

Gene-edited food is coming, but will shoppers buy?

WASHINGTON (AP) — The next generation of biotech food is headed for the grocery aisles, and first up may be salad dressings or granola bars made with soybean oil genetically tweaked to be good for your heart.

Consumer prices increased 0.3% in October

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer prices climbed 0.3 percent in October, with higher prices for gasoline, used autos and housing contributing to the increase.

Amazon's N.Y. home in 'opportunity zone' for Trump tax break

NEW YORK (AP) — Much of the New York City neighborhood selected by Amazon for one of its new headquarters is in a federal "opportunity zone," a designation created by President Donald Trump's tax overhaul that offers developers potentially millions of dollars in capital gains tax breaks to invest in high-poverty, low-income areas.

Amazon picks New York, D.C. suburb for East Coast headquarters

NEW YORK — Amazon has set its sights on two of the nation's largest and most powerful metro areas, announcing Tuesday it had chosen a buzzy New York neighborhood and a suburb of Washington, D.C., for its new East Coast headquarters.

Amazon splits HQ between N.Y. and northern Virginia

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon, which has grown too big for its Seattle hometown, said it will split its much-anticipated second headquarters between New York and northern Virginia.

Each will get 25,000 jobs. In addition, the online retailer said it will open an operations hub in Nashville, creating 5,000 jobs.

China's annual shopping frenzy shatters records again

SHANGHAI (AP) — Online shoppers in China have shattered last year's record by making $30.8 billion in sales on the country's annual buying frenzy Sunday, as the tradition marked its 10th year.

The spending binge has for years eclipsed Cyber Monday in the U.S. for online purchases made on a single day.

Latest El Toro to open in January at Carle at the Fields

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The Mexican restaurant El Toro hopes to open at Carle at the Fields in January.

“We are just starting the buildout of the El Toro space,” said Chris Saunders, owner of Green Street Realty.

Fields of plenty: Carle's development has southwest Champaign thriving

CHAMPAIGN — Since employees moved into the Carle at the Fields development in April, the parking lots are full, a new hotel has opened and a day care nearby is filling up.

Across the street from the 300,000-square-foot Health Alliance building, the Hampton Inn opened Sept. 28 and has already experienced a couple sold-out nights.